Community & Economic Development Summary
State of Community & Economic Development
Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) is one of the primary goals of the Department of Community and Economic Development (CED). This includes building strong relationships between the City of Maumelle and existing industries/businesses, assisting in problem solving, and looking for opportunities to help businesses grow. More than half of all new job creation comes from exiting industries/businesses.
Part of the BR&E efforts include quarterly luncheons with the industrial leaders. In 2017, the city hosted the following quarterly meetings with the industries:
1. First Quarter – Mayor Watson presented “State of the City” to the industrial leaders during lunch, held at the Main Fire Station.
2. Second Quarter – Marty Martin, Dillard’s plant manager, and his team gave an overview during lunch, followed by a tour of the Dillard’s Internet Fulfillment Center.
3. Third Quarter – Industrial leaders met for breakfast at Cheers. Tad Bohannon, Central Arkansas Water (CAW), along with water quality experts and other CAW staff provided an update on the transmission line and timeframe.
4. Fourth Quarter – Medline hosted the fourth and final luncheon of 2017. After a brief overview of Medline and the Maumelle operation, everyone toured the facility.
Champs Boulevard Railroad Crossing
In 2016, Union Pacific and the City of Maumelle worked together to upgrade the Champs Boulevard railroad crossing. A precast concrete crossing replaced the aging timber crossing. Workers completed the upgrade in one day, minimizing the impact to the industries that use that crossing every day - Pepsi, Leisure Arts, Holman, and Plastic Ingenuity.
CED Activities in 2017
1. National Manufacturing Day is a nationwide effort to promote manufacturing in the schools. The City of Maumelle, the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, the University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College, and Entergy Arkansas co-hosted a National Manufacturing Day event for the third consecutive year. The event was October 6, 2017 at Pulaski Tech’s South Campus on Interstate 30. Approximately 1000 middle school and high school students attended the event, including students from Maumelle Middle School and Maumelle High School. Manufacturers from within the region provided interactive exhibits in an effort to change student’s perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and to highlight the career opportunities that manufacturing offers. Two Maumelle industries participated – Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and Molex, Inc.
2.T he City of Maumelle participated in the planning for the International Conference of Shopping Center (ICSC) Arkansas event in February 2017. The department director serves as co-chair of the P3 Committee (Public Private Partnership).
3. Steve Jones (AEDC) and Kevin Sexton (AEDC) provided a “drive around Maumelle” report, which highlighted the positive aspects of the city, as well as areas that could use some improvement.
4. The director attended the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Forum in June in Little Rock.
5. There was a meeting with Entergy AR to discuss site certification, in an effort to have a “certified site” in the industrial park.
6. The City continued its efforts to attract retail businesses to Maumelle, as well as corporate offices.
The City accepted proposals from several website providers and selected CivcPlus to design the City’s new website. The new website launched in December 2017. “Notify Me" is one of the features on the new website! Sign up to receive notifications from the City of Maumelle about the things that matter to you - Newsletter, Job Openings, Calendar Events, etc. This is separate from CodeRed and Smart911. For detailed information, contact Courtney Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.maumelle.org/notify.
Maumelle Area chamber of commerce
The City continued to work closely with the Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) to support local businesses, attract new businesses, to promote entrepreneurship, to support the local schools, and to help students connect with industries/businesses.